Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday Morning Links

Here are some links for your Monday morning (or afternoon) reading pleasure.

First, from Sirius, a link to the latest SOHO image. I'm not going to tip it off except to say that it's spectacular, and here's the link.

Jeremy Fischer sent in a link to a fascinating article about the Mona Lisa, which has now been analyzed using infrared reflectography. Here's an excerpt:
Teams from the National Research Council of Canada analyzed the painting with three-dimensional digitization through laser scanner technology. The scans revealed depth resolution so detailed it was possible to see differences in the height around the paint surface cracks and in the thickness of the varnish.

"We know how the painting is painted with very thin layers," Mottin told reporters in Ottawa, Canada. "That's one of the things we couldn't see by the naked eye, and that Canadian technology brought us."

John Taylor of Canada's National Research Council said there were no signs of brush strokes. "That includes the very fine details of the embroidery on the dress, the hair," he said. "This is the 'je ne sais quoi' of Leonardo. The genius. We don't know how he applied it."

Here's the full story.

Don Barree sent in a link to a funny little game called "Line Rider." You use a pencil tool to draw a line, and when you're done, a penguin on a sled rides down the line. Very clever use of physics and surprisingly addictive, and you can play it here.

Franklin Brown sent me a link to a terrific interview with Brian Reynolds (Big Huge Games), one of the best interviews with him I've ever read, and you can find it here.

Finally, another link from Sirius, this one to a gigantic gallery of lenticular cloud photos. There are some spectacular images, and you can see them here.

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